OK, so there is an eclipse today! We know that because we’ve been mocking moms asking to reschedule the sun for weeks. Some of you probably bought eclipse glasses months in advance and followed our list of tips for how to safely watch the eclipse with your kids. Many of us only started caring at around 5 p.m. last night and are now grumpy we didn’t get official eclipse-viewing goggles at some point before the sun got blotted out. If you’re currently gluing boxes together and googling “Can I look at the eclipse through my phone?” you might have missed one very important piece of information: What time is the eclipse?
This should have been something that occurred to me earlier, but the eclipse is going to happen at a specific time, and the best time to see it depends on your location.
Type your zip code here to find out what time is the eclipse in your area.
Fortunately, for those of us who do not have access to science equipment (and who didn’t think to look this up three days ago) Vox has created this extremely handy tool. Just put in your zip code, and it will tell you exactly when the eclipse will happen in your area.
The app also tells you how much of an eclipse you’ll see, and how far away you’d have to go to see the total eclipse.
For me, I’ll see the eclipse at around 2:23 pm, EST, and I’ll get about 95 percent. Apparently if I traveled 100 miles south, I’d get to see the full one.
To be honest, this app is giving me serious eclipse remorse. I should have gotten glasses! I should have made the drive to see it!
But it’s OK, though. The next total solar eclipse is in 2024. That’s seven years away, so even the most disorganized of us should have time to make preparations to see that one. (I’m just kidding, I’ll almost certainly be looking through a hole in a Blue Apron box again in seven years.)
Let’s do our best to stay safe, protect our eyes, and make sure we’re all singing “Total Eclipse of the Heart” when it happens.
- How to Safely Watch the Solar Eclipse With Your Kids
- This Mom Asked to Reschedule an Eclipse Because Her Kid Has School, and the Internet Can’t Handle It
(Image: iStockPhoto / solarseven)